Home Bake Box: Kanelbullar

Kanelbullar, perhaps more well known as traditional Swedish cinnamon buns, were my final bake box to test and review. Created after the First World War when ingredients like sugar, eggs, and butter were no longer as heavily restricted, the cinnamon rolls didn’t became popular for another 30 years, in the 1950s when expensive ingredients like…

Mango Mania: Recipes to try this summer

by Emily Stearn Mango Mojito Pancakes (Serves 4) To combat the traditional British summer rain we’re experiencing at the moment, I’ve got two summery and healthy recipes for you to try. Both include mangoes and limes, which are in season at the moment, are super adaptable, and are perfect for both rain and sun. The…

Feature: Margaret Atwood’s Book Reading, Hag-Seed

St Mary’s Church, Bathwick, is a beautiful building. Not, however, where one would expect to be directed if they were going to a book reading. Nestled in a corner of the Roman town, the church exudes the knowledge of its age: it is, after all, of medieval origins. This proved the perfect backdrop for a…

Review: Kill the Cat Theatre – The Beginner’s Guide to Navigation

The Beginner’s Guide to Navigation is about maps. It’s also about cheese jamborees. And anarchy, and relationships, and Eurocentrism. The Beginner’s Guide to Navigation is about a lot of things but most of all it’s about the poignant message hidden amongst a stream of hilarious far-fetched nonsense. Having been led grossly astray by an outdated…

Pub Talks: A Pint Sized Conversation Review

  As I walk into the Boat Shed Theatre I am greeted by one of Pub Talks’ actors. She asks me to write down three things that made me happy today. I then find my seat and am approached by another cast member who hands me a packet of crisps; I get lucky with prawn…

Preview: Pub Talks at The Boat Shed

Kill the Cat theatre company, The Bike Shed’s graduate company for 2016/17, will be performing their newest piece, Pub Talks, at The Boat Shed festival on 10 and 11 July. The company, which was formed following Madeleine Allardice, Dylan Frankland and Megan Luke’s graduation last year, will be joined by performers Rosa Day-Jones and Tobias…

Review: ExeFest 2017

Last year, Tristan Gatward’s campaign for the position of VP Activities created a substantial buzz when he promised to organise Exeter’s first campus music festival. After much preparation, the University of Exeter’s inaugural music evening, suitably named ExeFest, certainly did not disappoint. ExeFest had a lot to compete with, taking place a week after Hijacked…

Review: Poltimore Festival 2017

Set in and around the historic Poltimore house, this student run festival was billed as Devon’s own ‘Glastonbury’, and whilst we may not have been kitted out in wellies and living in messy tents, the festival certainly did not fail to deliver in terms of music, art and culture. Early in the day we happily…

Feature: Boston Tea Party

Boston Tea Party is Exeter students favourite brunch spot, however it offers so much more than rich coffee roasts and incredible scrambled eggs and avocado. We spoke to the manager of Boston Tea Party in Exeter to find out all about what goes on behind the scenes. Written by Lucy Lincoln and Chrissi Lewes.

Review: Littleness

Laura Aiton reviews Theatre with Teeth’s latest play, written and co-directed by Fergus Chruch, showcasing the promising talents of the new committee.

Home Bake Box: Lemon Polenta Cake

A straight forward recipe for a lemon polenta cake from Home Bake Box, made and reviewed by Razz Magazine, the university of Exeter’s arts & lifestyle magazine.

Review: The Last Five Years

Shotgun Theatre’s most recent production saw the musical theatre society take on Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years. The play presents a classic story: boy meets girl, they fall in love, things turn sour, they fall out of love. Nothing new there. However, the play’s unconventional temporal structure sets it apart. The production follows…

Interview: Bella Heesom on death, feminism and the arts

An interview all about death, feminism, sexuality and the arts. Following the death of her father and then mother, Bella Heesom turned to play writing to express her grief and encourage others to be more open about emotion and mourning. Her play, My World Has Exploded A Little Bit will be at the Bike Shed Theatre in Exeter and this will be followed by a death cafe.

Review: Gypsy

Anna Bonet reviews Gypsy, Exeter University Footlights’ production of award-winning American musical by Jule Styne in Exeter’s Barnfield theatre.

Review: Dracula – The Bloody Truth

  If I told you it was possible to put on a production of Dracula that made the audience cry with laughter would you believe me? The Le Navet Bete production company performed in their home city of Exeter from the 31st of March- 1st of April and their version of Dracula was a farcical…

Black Honey at Exeter Phoenix – 25/03/17

Still standing in for Exeter music fans’ favourite gig venue Cavern, Phoenix hosted Brighton-based Black Honey last Saturday night. Being a huge live music fan and experiencing fewer gigs in Exeter than I’d ideally like, the thought of seeing the up-and-comers live was too tempting to resist. After impressive warm-up act FREAK delivered a loud,…

Review: Bear’s Den

Bear’s Den came to the Lemon Grove a few nights ago, bringing a faultless 17-song set. During one song they even performed down in the crowd away from their mic’s .

Review: BierKeller

Razz got the chance to review the latest addition to Exeter’s nightlife, a Bavarian themed beer hall down on the quay. With cheap steins, an abundance of traditional bratwurst and salted pretzels, what more could you want?

Notes on Netflix: Operator

Operator delves into the continuing millennial concern; whether technology can surpass human interaction. This complex issue is explored through the relationship of main characters Joe and Emily, which adds a nice plot layer to the film.

Preview: Bear’s Den at the Lemon Grove (22/3/17)

British folk rock band, Bear’s Den, have unveiled a video for their new single, ‘Greenwoods Bethlehem’, which will be released on 7th April. The track is the latest to be taken from their top ten charting second album, ‘Red Earth & Pouring Rain’. The video for ‘Greenwoods Bethlehem’ captures some of the band’s non-stop touring…

Artists to Watch this Summer

We look at four of the most promising artists (whether solo or group) for this summer. Keep you eyes on these guys over the next few months!

Notes on Netflix: Good Kids

From the same producers as American Pie, Good Kids is lighthearted and funny, the perfect film for dreaming ahead to your summer after graduation.

Review: Bristol Dramsoc’s “A Sleepless Night”

Bristol Dramsoc arrived in Exeter on Saturday night to showcase their latest production, focused on a school girl’s experience of the night before, a feeling that we can all resonate with in some way.

Home Bake Box: Rose and Raspberry Gateau

This month’s home bake box had a decidedly valentine’s theme (a cute pastel pink cake sprinkled with raspberries and infused with rosewater notes). Deemed a ‘posh Victoria sandwich’ it’s definitely worth adding to your list of recipes, creating a fruity and rich sponge cake.

Review: The Monkey Suit

Monkey Suit is already a gem in the heart of Exeter students, but several years after opening some of the Razz committee returned for an updated review and found a huge range of offers up for grabs!

Batman Countdown

In honour of the recent onslaught of Batman related movies and media (with the Lego Batman movie being the best out of all of them, nobody can convince me otherwise), here’s a short list of collected editions of Batman comics you can find at  Waterstones, and which ones are worth checking out. Because we all…

Indulgence or Compulsion? An Afternoon with Laura Marling

Perched upon a bar stool, Laura Marling’s unmistakeably clear, nostalgic voice rings out into the Goldsmith’s Student Union, as she winds her way through ‘Wild Fire’ the second track to be released from her sixth studio album, Semper Femina. The record’s title is drawn from a Virgil line, “varium et mutabile semper femina,” which translates…

Amber Run at Exeter Phoenix, 13/01/2017

I love live music. The energy and anticipation when waiting to see the song that you were listening to in your bedroom actually performed live contribute to your sense of excitement. You share this experience with those around you, all connected by your appreciation of the music. Amber Run’s gig at the Phoenix lived up…

Notes on Netflix: The Final Girls

The Final Girls – Todd Strauss-Schulson, 2015, 15 Netflix rates it: 5/5 I rate it: 5/5 Strauss-Schulson’s The Final Girls opens with a clip of cheesy 80s slasher film Camp Bloodbath being watched by the leading actress’ daughter Max (Taissa Farmiga), as her mother (Malin Åkerman) attends an audition. After witnessing her mother’s death in…

You’re my Copper Valentine

A copper inspired make up look for Valentine’s Day whether you’re getting glam for a girl’s night out or having a romantic evening out – a look for whatever you decide to do!

Part One: Best of the Red Carpet

This week, ‘Musings on Menswear’ columnist Jonny Mckinnell gives us his take on this Awards Season’s hottest fashion statements…. For most of the world the start of the year can feel like a depressing time. The festive period with all its holidays, present giving and copious amounts of alcohol drinking imbues the cold weather with…

Novels to Look Out for

The literary and film talk of 2016 was Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train. This year she is following up her bestseller with another psychological thriller, Into the Water, being released in May 2017. Exhibiting more of her understanding of human instinct, Hawkins explores the deceptiveness of memory and emotion in her new novel….

Review: Poltimore Festival Launch

Now in its sixth year, Poltimore Festival has become synonymous with showcasing the very best of the Southwest music and arts scene, popping up every summer at the much-loved local landmark, Poltimore House. The 2017 event, scheduled for 28th May, got off to a flying start at the Exeter Phoenix on the 26th of January,…

Preview: Amber Run at Exeter Phoenix, 13th February

    Four-piece Amber Run are performing at the Exeter Phoenix on Monday 13th February. Joe, Will, Tom and Henry make up this rock-alternative group who are heading on a 13-date tour following the release of their second album ‘For A Moment, I was Lost’ on February 10th. The group met at school and the University…

Find your Lush Match: The Valentine’s Collection

Earlier this month Razz was lucky enough to be invited to another press event at Lush, this time to preview their Valentine’s range. Greeted by that renowned Lush smell, four lovely hosts, and a selection of Valentine’s nibbles (vegan chocolate truffles, love hearts, and Marks & Spencer’s Percy Pigs), we knew we were in for…

Review: Zips, A&E Productions

Anna Bonet reviews Zips, Simon Marshall’s latest play set in the sleepy town of Teignmouth. A tale of restlessness, coming of age, and finding your place in the world dispersed with charming metaphors.

Review: Made In Dagenham

From the 16th to the 19th January, Shotgun theatre took over Exeter Phoenix to deliver their performances of hit-musical Made in Dagenham, and we at Razz were lucky enough to be invited along to the opening night. As the auditorium filled with a quiet buzz, the stage was clearly set with a gritty, minimalist collection…

Preview: Footlight’s ‘The Producers’

Razz got invited to the press preview for Exeter University Footlight’s latest musical theatre piece: The Producers. Showing at the Northcott Theatre 25th-28th Jan. Buy your tickets quickly, the Saturday performance has already sold out!

Notes on Netflix: Ashby

Kathi Bundy reviews Ashby, a lighthearted comedy directed by Tony McNamara in 2015. She finds it deserves the 4 star rating given on Netflix.

Preview: EUTCO’s Animal Farm

EUTCO offered Razz the chance to catch their latest production before it runs next week at Northcott Theatre. A link to buy tickets is at the bottom of the page.

Pantone’s Colour of 2017 in your Wardrobe

Pantone’s colour of 2017 is Greenery, a colour that provides reassurance and hope after a tumultuous year. Harriet Cotmore delves into how Greenery has been styled on catwalks and considers what high street retailers might have in store for their S/S17 collections.

Sleigh, Girl: Festive Make up Inspiration

Several festive inspired make up ideas to get you through the holidays. Try the smokey eye look for New Year’s Eve and keep the fresh faced, make up look for the next day when you’re not quite feeling the party spirit for a while!

Theatre with Teeth: Love Among the Penguins review

Leigh Spence reviews ‘Love Among Penguins’, a farcical comedy set in Anartica written by Alex Thomas. The idea came to him in a dream, and since then has evolved to become a tale about misunderstanding and love.

The Last-Minute Christmas Gift Guide

Imogen Howorth guides Razz readers through some last minute gift ideas, for those who love baking, the party animals out there, the fashion fiend and that artsy friend who is impossible to buy for. We’ve got you covered no matter what!

St Ives Escape: Cohort Hostel + St Ives Surf School

As we approach the depths of winter, is there any better time to start thinking about summer escapes? As the nights draw in, the thoughts of wide sandy beaches, amazing food and late-night drinks seem all the more appealing, however all this can sound nothing short of impossible on a student budget. Luckily for us…